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Why the Fact that I have Not Been Through Infertility Myself Actually Makes me a Better Practitioner

When I decided that I wanted to specialise in Fertility I was acutely aware that I had not been through infertility myself.

How would I be able to sympathize, emphasize, connect with the pain that comes from not having a baby?

Although I have not been through the pain of infertility, I have gone through some pretty excruciating things in my life, which will be the focus of future stories.

Four years ago, a car accident completely changed the trajectory of my life and I spent 6 months in and out of hospital unable to eat, and I have had to learn to come to terms with living with chronic pain from a trapped nerve in my abdominal wall, that I may not be able to resolve and still build a life that I can be proud of.

I have been through a lot of pain in my life, and I am grateful for all of it, it has made me a kind and empathetic person. It has given me a fighting spirit to never be knocked down and inner strength and character to keep on going no matter what.

I have been where you are feeling like there is no point going on, that you have no more strength left to fight, and the fact that my pain is not exactly the same as your pain is actually a really good thing. I can use my experience, to bring your hope back and encourage you to keep going!

It takes four years to train to be a Homeopath and I have often joked, it takes four years to learn to not be judgemental. As Homeopaths, if our patients have been through a similar experience as us, we have to be extra careful not to use our own experience to imagine what that experience was like for our patients.

For example, if one of my patients had lost their dad in their teens, I would have to make sure I capture exactly how that experience was for my patient, as I can guarantee it was nothing like my experience.

So you see, if I had been through infertility myself, it would be hard for me to separate my own experience from your experience, it would be hard for me to ask those difficult questions for fear of causing you more pain as I had already experienced.

It is called being the ‘unprejudiced observer’ as Homeopaths we must listen to our patient's story and not assume anything. Every person’s experience is unique and how each person experiences grief is also unique and this guides us to the right remedies.

To ensure that I can be the ‘unprejudiced observer’ I will refuse to take on patients who have a similar condition to me, as I know I will not be able to be objective.

I hope you now understand that the fact I have not been through infertility myself, actually puts me in a better position to be your practitioner and support you on your journey to parenthood!

Natasha Burns is a Fertility Homeopath from Cornwall, UK. She helps couples from around the world have healthy babies, naturally.

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